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Wild Card

(North Ridge #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,868 ratings  ·  519 reviews
What would you give up to have a second-chance at a once-in-a-lifetime love?

Wild Card is a STANDALONE SECOND-CHANCE ROMANCE from the NYT bestselling author of The Pact and Before I Ever Met You.

Rough, raw & rugged.

As the man in charge at Ravenswood Ranch, Shane Nelson has never been afraid to get his hands dirty. His sculpted physique isn't the product of a gym, but of ye
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published August 15th 2017 (first published August 13th 2017)
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I'm pretty sure Shane was with other women. He definitely dated, one of the women for a year (if I remember correctly), and while…more
Since you asked... :)

I'm pretty sure Shane was with other women. He definitely dated, one of the women for a year (if I remember correctly), and while it doesn't say explicitly that he had sex with her, I can't imagine that he didn't. But I don't think he went all man-whore either...

Rachel was with other men, and it's pretty clear that she was. But Shane did tell her he never loved her and to leave. In my mind, she's not at fault here.

Did he grovel? Well, not enough for me! But his apology was sincere. I would have liked more, though.

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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3 - 3.5 Stars

I am going to preface this review by stating that I am in a really shitty mood today.
And the fact that I am babysitting my nieces today and just had to wipe a three year old's disgusting ass is very fitting for the mood I'm in.

You're welcome for that lovely visual.

Here's a picture of my dog fucking up my laundry to offset the gross.


My point here is that I might be churning out a few reviews today, and my mood might be reflected accordingly.

So there's that...fake smile.

Anyway, t
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-four-stars
4.25 stars!!!

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Wild Card is a beautiful and emotional second chance romance. It’s a fantastic start to Halle’s newest series (all can be read as stand-alones) and I was hooked from the start.

Rachel and Shane meet when they are kids and Rachel is new to town. A friendship between them blossoms into more, and as teenagers, they are in love and fairly certain the direction their lives will go. Something happens in Rachel’s life that changes both of them forever and drives them apart.

It’s been
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦She loved a cowboy once and got her heart broken...

➦After years of staying away she's finally back home where it all started...

➦Will there be a second chance for them?

➦If you're a fan of cowboys, second chance stories and small town romances then this one is definitely for you! It's a beautiful and heartbreaking story that managed to reduce me to tears in the end. I fought real hard, people! *lol* Karina Halle is just one of those authors who will squeeze those tears out of you no matter what.

Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“Just because someone has a broken heart, it doesn’t mean the heart doesn’t work anymore.”

Six years ago, Rachel left the town of North Ridge and fled to the city of Toronto, heartbroken and alone. Now she’s returned to her hometown because she’s learned her mother has cancer. With a career and a boyfriend to get back to, Rachel is eager to avoid her past, mostly her ex Shane, the man who destroyed her six years earlier.

Shane mad a choice years ago, and it’s one he’s always regrette
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4.5-5 stars

Karina Halle delivers a captivating,emotional,intense and hot story.She did a wonderful job with the storyline where it switched back and forth from the past to the present and we can learn more about Shane and Rachel.


I feel connected to the characters and I loved that we had both POVs.It makes the story more intimidate.Shane is an amazing character,he is sweet,swoon worthy,intense and he cares for Rachel.Rachel is also great.I loved their
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4.5 'Our wishbone' Stars!
ARC provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
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In the last few months Karina Halle has become one of my favorite authors. So you can imagine my excitement when she announced a new series about hot (and Canadian!) cowboys. I got even more excited (I feel so lucky!) when I got the ARC and now I can say I absolutely loved this emotional love story!

Wild Card is the first installment in the North Ridge series and it is focused on three
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WILD CARD: is a standalone novel and the first book within the North Ridge Trilogy by Karina Halle, spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives,’ A second chance Romance with an HEA. Which flits from ‘Past to Present’ effortlessly. This book is Shane and Rachel’s story.


The last place twenty-six year old Rachel Waters ever expected to see herself was back at North Ridge with her estranged mother and her childhood ex boyfriend Shane Nelson. The boy that stole her heart the first time she saw hi
Alex ♈
I didn’t love this book, but I also didn’t dislike it.
It had many beautiful deep moments, but there were also some flat parts, IMO.

MEGA spoilers!!!
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3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I am a true fan of second chance romances. BUT I think that because I am such a fan I also am pretty critical in how I read them. If you follow my reviews you know that I feel like I need certain things to happen in order for a second chance romance story to work for me. (1) the reason for separation. Was it believable? Yes, I did think it was in this case. (2) Did they make a valiant effort at reconciliation or was there a believable reason as to why reconciliation did


Wild Card is the first standalone novel in the North Ridge Trilogy, and suffice to say Karina Halle surprised the hell out of me with this one. I was not expecting or prepared for the level of intensity I experienced, nor the angst that clung to the pages of this novel.

It’s billed as a second chance romance but for me it’s much more than that. It’s a story of forgiveness and redemption, as Halle takes us on a journey navigating the tatters of what was once a grandiose love.

Rachel Wa
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By now everyone knows that I’m a HUGE fan of second chance romance. From the Initial shock of seeing your first love again after all these years, to the unavoidable sexual chemistry and the angst, I truly love reading about how two broken characters can come together despite all of the hurt and distance and finally get their happily ever after. “Wild Card” was everything I hoped it would be. This was a story about love, forgiveness, and knowing that family, is EVERYTHING.

There’s thi
Aestas Book Blog
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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OMG!! This was one of the sweetest, sexiest, and swooniest second chance romances I've read!! The story captured me from the very first page and I could not stop reading until I reached the last chapter. It was incredibly addictive and well-written. Without a doubt, this is a new top favorite!

Six years ago, Shane and Rachel fell in love. They'd grown up together as childhood friends but as they got older, their friendship turned to more. With their history behind them, their bond was strong and
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Stand-alone book 1.
Rough, raw & rugged.
As the man in charge at Ravenswood Ranch, Shane Nelson has never been afraid to get his hands dirty. His sculpted physique isn't the product of a gym, but of years of hard labor under a relentless sun. His straightforward, alpha tendencies come from a man who knows what he wants and goes after it.
And what he wants is Rachel Waters.
He's never stopped wanting
Stacey is Sassy
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A love worth fighting for...

I’ve never been a big fan of separation angst storylines. You know the ones? Where there’s a big bust up and they spend months or even years apart. For the first time though, I stopped and contemplated it a bit more. Previously, I would tut, tut the hero and heroine, and tell them to stop fighting love. Love is to be embraced not run away from. Why would you want to? If it’s real love you wouldn’t leave what makes you happy. But, what if real love is the reason you pu
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wild Card was a great second chance romance. I wasn’t blown away but I enjoyed myself. I especially enjoyed the introduction of the three Nelson brothers. I’m definitely intrigued by Fox and can’t wait to read his story.
I could definitely feel the connection and chemistry between Shane and Rachel. No doubt about that but I would’ve love more of them reconciling and being back together again as a couple.
Overall a great first book and the next Nelson brother is definitely calling my name.

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Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I came for the grovel and ended up with just sweetness. S’all good.
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I'll start off with what I liked in this book. How about that cover??? Such an awesome cover!!!

And I've finally found another Karina Halle story that I was able to actually stick with until the end. I haven't been able to find another story of KH's that I've enjoyed since Love, in English. The story telling in this was pretty good. I actually liked the premise. (view spoiler)
Elena C.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, reviewed
Read for the URR New Year 2018 Reading Challenge: Second Chance Romance.

I like the "second chance" trope. I like reading about people messing up things and making mistakes. And I like reading about people trying to right those wrongs and move forward with their life.

So in the spirit of things I decided to give Karina Halle a second chance after reading her Darkhouse, a book that I found so dull I couldn't even be bothered to add it to my Goodreads shelves.

And - look, I might be in an especially
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


"I wasn't drowning in the memories-I was dying in them. And every single thing I felt for her? It came rushing back, a flash flood of desire and pain that nearly blindsided me."

I can always depend on Karina Halle to come up with a great romance story. It doesn't matter if it's a dark, suspenseful, funny or contemporary romance. Wild Card was a very beautiful second-chance contemporary romance. I have read a lot of those and was looking forward to
Irene Sim
A sweet second-chance contemporary romance, nothing out of the ordinary though. RTC
sheharzad ⚘ (hiatus galore)


mate... this is set in canada. C A N A D A

you hear that sound? it's me screaming rainbows again bc CANADIAN REP

Kennedy Fox
This is a childhood friends to lovers second-chance romance and I loved every minute of it!! The flashbacks are great and I normally don't love reading flashbacks but these totally worked. Shane is amazing. I love a hero who fights for what he wants. No games. No over-the-top drama. Just perfection. I love how painted the scenes and setting are. I love a hero who works a hard job, isn't a millionaire, and has a body built from that hard work. Made reading this book so real and enjoyable. I serio ...more
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
I have so much admiration and appreciation for an author who can surprise me. When you've read dozens upon dozens of books by a single author, it becomes increasingly difficult to be surprised anymore. But Karina Halle remains at the top of a very small list of authors who never fail to give me that moment of pause where I stop to think 'Wow, this is different! She did it again! She went in another completely different direction I never expected and I absolutely love it!' Those were my exact tho ...more
h o l l i s
It's been a while (too long!) since I've had the chance to sink my teeth into a Halle read. I'm overdue on catching up on some of her releases (though they sure are piling up on my kindle..) but couldn't resist this one when I saw a bunch of my book buddies reading it in anticipation of the release.

Loss of love is the most terrifying feeling in the world. It's the feeling of your heart emptying, slowly being drained. Because that's the thing about love. It's free to give. Its never free to recei
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great series of Karina Halle. This time with Canadian sexy cowboys.

It is a second chance romance. They fell in love as kids, broke up as young adults then after 6 years meet again. And the feelings and unresolved problems returned.

It's sweet with some angst and hot moments. A bit predictable, but still entertaining.

I can't wait to meet the brothers in the next books.

ARC kindly provided for an honest review. Thank you!

Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I can't tell you what made me decide to read this book.

In fact, just a few weeks ago I was talking with a fellow book reader and we were talking about whether or not we read country/cowboy romance type books and I had told her that I had no interest in those kind of books and that they never really appealed to me.

But yet, here I am a few weeks later buying one of them and reading it.

It was only as I started reading the synopsis that I realized I haven't read a Karina Halle book in a
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
★4 Stars! Wild Card... A raw, intense, well written, emotional and beautiful read about heartbreak, forgiveness, love and sacrifice!
She's my wild card.
“Love isn’t a chain, Rachel. It’s not a shackle. Love is what sets you free, love doesn’t confine. What I feel for you…it’s wild and it’s raw and it’s as fucking real as that sun above us.”
Yiota Misiou
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
"I’ve let it build and boil and rage inside me. It raged beautifully for years. I think that’s the basis for real love. Letting it burn you up from the inside out until you can no longer contain it." ...more
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I liked it. It was a sweet ranchy, horsy, wildnernessy, Canadian, second-chance-romance with some heartbreak and excitement.
I liked all the people - I will definitely read the other two books one day.
It was a bit slow though. It dragged a bit. Shane was a bit too softish. I liked him, but he should've been a bit more manly cowboyish. But I really liked reading the story - it was a sweet romance.


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Aug 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: male-or-dual-pov

I had a lot of trouble keeping up with all the characters in the story. I know all of Shane's brothers will each get a book but honestly I couldn't care less about any of them... maybe Maverick, the older one, but I was bored to death for most of the book and just wanted to know what was the reason for Shane to break up with Rachel all those years ago.

Since I've seen this next thing being a topic for most books, I'm a bit curious to know for sure if something like th
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Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia, where they operate Raven Ri

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